Assam's popular,vibrant and ethnic Bohagi Utsav celebrated in New Delhi


Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-04-14 12:34 New Delhi: The harvest season has begun in India and the farming community is in celebratory mode. Recently in New Delhi, Bohagi Bihu, the harvest festival of Assam, was observed. The hymns of 'Kuli Keteki', the rhythmic beats of 'Dhol' and 'pepa' marked the beginning of 'Rongali Bihu'. The day-long celebration at the Delhi Haat marked the advent of spring. People of all castes and creeds celebrate Bohag Bihu by singing traditional Bihu songs and performing folk dances. Held under the aegis of Assam Students Association (ASA), the event left the people of Delhi mesmerised. Suchanda Gogoi, Cultural Secretary, ASA, "Through this 'Utsav' we want to show the culture of Assam, all its attire the dances all its festive mood because most of the people do not know what Bihu is, so this is one of the reason we organize such event and mostly we miss our home so much but getting connected through this we really don't miss our home." Debashish Kashyap, Assistant General Secretary, "We are boosting up the boys and girls and we are providing a platform to those who are talented and have the urge to perform and showcase their talent. Hopefully, we will do something better this time too." A fusion performance by various tribes of the Northeast comprising of Assamese, Deuri, Missing, Karbi and others stole the show. Assamese students also performed Indo-Jazz dance, which is an amalgamation of Indian classical and western music. Several groups from Delhi and adjoining areas also performed Bihu dance to mark the occasion. A participant said, "I am very happy being here and specially meeting so many people feels great. I wish all of you a very happy Rongali Bihu. It's been great being here and performing Bihu with my troupe." Another participant said, "Living away from home we are missing our family. But, being here we feel homely celebrating Bihu." Renowned Assamese film actress Barsha Rani Baishya also graced the occasion. She said, "I am thankful to ASA for inviting me to this celebration I am very overwhelmed and very happy being here but I Think I am not a guest because wherever Bihu is going on I consider it as my Bihu I m one of them and I am very happy that students here are celebrating Bihu in such vibrant and nice way." The three days of Bohag Bihu namely Goru Bihu, Manuh Bihu and Gohain Bihu was well presented through a dance drama act by a group of young artists. Such events not only help to spread the rich culture of Northeast to other parts of the country, but send a message of unity and brotherhood. (ANI)